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Long before the "I'm a Mac. And I'm a PC" commercials came out (it's been running since 2003), Applegeeks was promoting the agenda of switching to Mac. A college-based Slice of Life comic with a few surreal elements, it's utterly filled with Product Placement — and Apple isn't paying a thing for all the advertising. Its co-creators are writer Ananth Hirsh and artist Mohammad F. Haque.

It can be found here.

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As of October 25, 2010, Haque has placed the comic on indefinite hiatus.


Applegeeks provides examples of:

  • Art Evolution: This is #195, and the style of any non-guest comic before it. This is #196. It then gets even Darker and Edgier just a few comics later before reverting to something similar to the second style as of #219, only to change styles again later—right around #300 or so. Also, starting with #380, Yuko Ota became part-time artist, causing yet another Art Shift. Officially, his her name is only on #380-382, #485, and #493-496 (current), although shortly after the first guest appearance, the difference between Haque's style and Ota's narrowed quite a bit, for one final art shift (thus far).
    • Heck, even the character's skin tones have shifted (most evident in Hawk, who now looks much more like Haque, on whom he's based).
  • Author Avatar: Hawk/Haque
  • B-Side Comics: AG Lite, a newspaper-style comic updating three times a week, in contrast to the full-color, continuity-based main comic.
  • Crossover: A few times, both with Ctrl+Alt+Del (Hawk beats down Buckley with his laptop) and Megatokyo (Piro just...pops up out of nowhere, but doesn't directly interact with Hawk)
  • Face–Heel Turn: Frost - after being absent from the comic for over 150 issues.
  • Funny Background Event: Twice, one when Hawk begins work on Eve (before she got a human body) and when Hawk returned home to eat a bunch of donuts.
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  • K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree: Hilariously demonstrated in number 181
  • Lampshade Hanging: On the rampant Product Placement
  • Masquerade: Pushed to breaking point with Eve - She largely avoids attention despite her bright blue hair, glowing parts, energy blades, facial markings and body armor as people believe her to be a cosplayer. Who exactly they think she's cosplaying as is never mentioned. This gets played with in #497 where Gina's friend thinks Eve is in costume, and, when Eve says she's actually a robot, doesn't believe her.
    • At least some think she's cosplaying Gunnm, according to #320.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping - Gina originally had a fairly Narmy irish accent, but this was quickly dropped after a couple of issues.
  • Orphaned Series: In the middle of a time travel arc, no less.
  • Product Placement: Unsurprisingly, dude really loves his Apple products.
  • Reality Ensues: One of Hawk's inventions is a set of Powered Armor that increases his strength and durability for use in combat. The trouble is he's still has the physique of a average strength person who's never had combat experience or taken a self-defense class. So any time he does use it, his much stronger and more experienced foes kick his butt until somebody else solves the problem.
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  • Robot Girl: who, of course, is built using apple hardware.
  • Ship Tease: Gina/Hawk looked like it was going to happen for awhile, but that's changed. Also occurred earlier with Naku/Hawk, though this subplot abruptly vanished along with both Naku and her real-life counterpart.
  • Show Some Leg: Gina distracts her foe by flashing...her.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Issue 496.
  • Talking Animal: It's actually just a figment of Hawk's imagination.
  • Token Minority: Hawk may or may not qualify as a Twofer Token Minority, as he a Bangladeshi American and Muslim (as evidenced by his honoring Ramadan), but the "Token" part is misleading as he is modeled after the original artist.
  • The ’Verse: Part of a pseudo-canonical "Macverse" comprised of it, Megatokyo and Mac Hall.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: After a lot of "Will They or Won't They?", Jayce and Alice are finally dating.
  • Webcomics Multiverses: Takes place in the same multiverse as Megatokyo, Ctrl+Alt+Del and Comedity.

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